Thursday, Dec. 07, 2006
The Dog Ate My Title and Apparently My Brain Too
I think my interview went okay this morning. Hard to say, really. There were a lot of people applying for this job and while I already breezed through the written test, you never really know what people are looking for.
Bottom line, if anybody has medical billing history they might knock me out of the running - but if not, I think I've got a decent shot at it. Better news is that while they advertised that it would only be 20-30 hours a week, it's actually 20-30 hours a week during training, then full time. If they hire me and put me even in the mid-range of the pay scale and I get full time, I'll be a very happy camper. It pays about double what some of the folks at the paper were making and includes full benefits once I'm full time and passed my initial waiting period.
Today was shopping day. I took back the wireless optical mouse I had bought because it ceased to work about oh, two hours after it was first plugged in. Stupid thing refused to connect again. Staples charged me double what I paid for the crapola wireless, but I got a MicroShaft optical, the wired variety. Gotta give MicroShaft credit; they do make good mice. I learned that lesson from my oldest son, who told me to always buy a MS mouse, because they're virtually indestructable. And he's right. I used to go through a mouse every three months or so, but the MS one was still going strong when I sold my old computer, and I think I'd been using it for close to four years, maybe longer.
I also picked up a couple of mouse pads because both MC and I needed them and Big Lots had 'em for 79 cents apiece. At least a crappy mouse pad won't make me toss things out the window. With an optical mouse I could dump the mouse pad altogether, but I sill like using one.
While out and about I picked up a few more odds and ends, all the while calculating the drain on the bank account. Then I came home, took MC out to lunch, and did some Christmas shopping. Even watching the money pretty carefully, that took a BIG chunk out of the available funds. Of course I also paid some bills before calculating those "available funds." Learned that trick a while back.
I'll be making Christmas gifts this year, at least for most of the people I'll be gifting (which is pretty much limited to my immediate family unless the heavens open and bestow upon me the winning lottery ticket.) I've been eBaying for materials tonight because for some things you can still get 'em cheaper there. (Dramatically cheaper, in some cases.)
I sat about two hours between the time I wrote that last paragraph and this one. I won a bunch of the stuff I bid on eBay tonight, lost a few, but I think I've got enough goodies to take care of Christmas plus create a few additional pieces for sale. Dunno if I'll actually sell anything or not but I'll give it a shot. When I'm done I'll post pictures, if all goes well. But for tonight, I'm outta here!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )